Jurors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial were shown FBI drone footage on Tuesday of the moment prosecutors say the teenager shot one of the men he’s charged with killing at close range.
The video, which was cropped and slowed down 50 percent by a forensic imaging specialist, shows Joseph Rosenbaum running after Rittenhouse before Rittenhouse suddenly turned and fired his rifle at him, prosecutors said.
Rosenbaum could be seen falling in the video as Rittenhouse, then 17, ran around a car.
The footage, taken by FBI infrared aerial surveillance cameras, offers the clearest view yet of the first fatal shooting during protests in Kensoha, Wisconsin on Aug. 25 last year.
Prosecutors said they had previously obtained a low resolution copy of the footage, but only received the enhanced version last Friday.
Dr. Doug Kelley, a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office forensic pathologist, testified Tuesday that Rosenbaum was shot by someone who was “within a few feet” of him.
Kelley testified that Rosenbaum was first shot in his thigh, hand and groin as he was facing Rittenhouse, and then in his back as he was likely falling over.
Prosecutors described the shot to Rosenbaum’s back as the “kill shot.”
Rosenbaum’s initial gunshot wounds were likely inflicted when he was “within a few feet” of the gun, while the wound to his hand was in “close proximity or in contact with the end of that rifle,” Kelley testified.
Multiple autopsy images of Rosenbaum’s gunshot wounds were shown to the jury.
During cross-examination, defense attorney Mark Richards used a pointer on an image of Rosenbaum’s bloodied hand to indicate where it would have been when the gun was fired.
“So that hand was over the barrel of Mr. Rittenhouse’s gun when his hand was shot,” Richards asked.
Kelley responded: “That makes sense.”
It comes as the prosecution’s case wound down following a week of testimony in which some state witnesses appeared to bolster Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense.
Rittenhouse is accused of shooting dead Rosenbaum first before killing protestor Anthony Huber, who was filmed striking the teen with a skateboard just prior to that shooting.
He is also charged with injuring protestor and volunteer medic Gaige Grosskreutz, who suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.
Grosskreutz, who was armed with his own gun, testified on Monday that he went after Rittenhouse after seeing him shoot Huber.
He said he pointed his own gun at Rittenhouse first before he was shot, but testified he didn’t mean to and had no intention of firing it.
“In the moment, I thought that the defendant was an active shooter,” Grosskreutz said.
Asked what was going through his mind as he pulled his gun from the holster, he said: “That I was going to die.”
Rittenhouse, now 18, faces six criminal charges, including intentional homicide and attempted homicide.
His attorneys have claimed he acted out of self-defense, but prosecutors argue he was the instigator of the violence.
He could face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of the top charge.
With Post wires